Confident about Heaven

John Koedyker

READ : 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. (v. 10 NIV)

When our children were young, they used to sing a little song that went like this: “Heaven is a wonderful place, filled with glory and grace.”

Heaven will be a wonderful place. Paul longed for it. He called it “a building from God, an eternal house.” But in the meantime, he says, “we groan and are burdened” (v. 4). Still, he has no doubts about heaven. He is “always confident” about it, but while on earth he makes it his goal to please God.

Paul knew the importance of obedience. He knew that as wonderful a place as heaven is, not everyone gets to go there. Paul is not a universalist. Although we sometimes avoid this subject, Paul is not shy about saying that “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” That is a very sobering truth, which underscores the seriousness of life.

Certainly no one is perfect. We are all sinners. But when we trust Christ as our Savior, God no longer sees our sin. God sees the sinless Christ standing in our place. Christ will be your Judge. Make sure he is also your Savior, and Friend.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul; thank you, Lord, for making me whole. Thank you, Lord, for giving to me, Thy great salvation so rich and free!